Study the past to connect to the future
The Bachelor of Arts in History at St. Edward’s University allows students to examine people and places in the past to understand the complex interplay of culture, ideas, and everyday life. You will gain a deeper understanding of the human condition and prepare for a variety of careers, ranging from researcher, to archivist, to museum curator, to lawyer, government service, teacher, or private industry. History students learn how to understand people who are different from them. In this program, you will study the impact of people, ideas, and events on communities and the evolution of societies. Students analyze issues facing the U.S. and global community to make sense of complex situations.
Students develop a wide range of skills:
- Critical thinking
- Research in archives and via electronic resources
- Reading and interpreting historical documents as well as contemporary works
- Thesis-based writing
- Creative and thorough analysis of primary and secondary sources
- Analysis that incorporates ideas and methodology of complimentary academic disciplines into historical work
- Synthesis of disparate information
Students majoring in History at St. Edward's University take a combination of:
- Surveys of U.S. history, world history, and European history
- Advanced coursework in U.S. history, European history, Latin American history, and Asian history
- Courses in historical methods and research
With a BA degree in History, graduates may work in a variety of fields, such as:
- Civil service
- Library science
- Public history
- Information management
- Political administration or leadership
History graduates pursue careers such as:
- Expert in local culture and history for an international employer
- Foreign service officer
- Archeologist who investigates the past and helps inform our understanding of the people and the culture of a a particular period in time by studying human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures
- Archivist, working in a library or archive to assess, organize, preserve, and control access to records of all kinds
- Curator in a museum responsible for collections such as artwork, collectibles, and historic items
- Professional writer or editor
- Teacher in either an elementary or secondary school
- Students often select the BA degree in History as a bridge to business or law school, or to graduate school in order to teach at the college level.
Our graduates have pursued post-graduate studies such as:
- University of Washington, Master of Arts in Museology
- University of Texas at Austin Graduate School, Library Science
- Texas State University Graduate School, Public History
- University of Texas at San Antonio Graduate School
- University of Texas at Austin School of Law
- Nebraska Law School
- Baylor Law School
Outside the Classroom
Earning a History degree at St. Edward’s means you will actively do the work of a historian and have many opportunities to develop these skills and share your work.
- Work with faculty to develop research projects
- Share work in a number of ways, including conference presentations and publishing work
- Engage in Austin's rich opportunities for hands on research at one or more of the many local archives
- Be able to complete internships in the field
Previous internship sites have included:
- Bob Bullock State History Museum
- Texas Military Forces Museum
- Texas State Cemetery
- Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Texas State Historical Commission, Archeology lab
To prepare for future research and presentation opportunities, you will complete multiple written research requirements. Students have the chance to present their findings at professional conferences, such as the World History Association of Texas, Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, or St. Edward's University Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. St. Edward's University alumni are among the proud recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and McNair Fellowship in the past.
Students in the History program have the opportunity to attend the annual Phi Alpha Theta conference associated with the World History Association of Texas annual meeting.
This year's conference will be held at St. Edward's on Saturday, March 5.
Meet the Faculty
Our faculty are committed to helping students learn and grow both inside and outside the classroom. We provide our students with a wealth of knowledge and are committed to continued research.
Faculty research interests include:
- Supply shortages and military-civilian conflicts in the Niagara Theater
- 20th century movements for social reform
- World War I peace movement
- Understanding the crises in Syria and Ukraine
- Methodology and technology used for teaching world history
"I enjoy enriching the minds and lives of my students. History increases their awareness of current events and elicits more critical responses to them. The skills they develop enable them to achieve success not only in other courses but in their careers." - Daniel P. Glenn, PhD, Assistant Professor
About the Minor
Students who wish to broaden their knowledge of history are encouraged to pursue a minor in History. To get a History minor, students must complete 18 total hours of coursework.
Required Coursework (18 hours):
- Introduction to Historical Methods
- Five History elective courses, with at least three upper-division courses